|My Final post for 2013 - I wanted to share some of the last-minute makes that I've completed over the last few days and of course stop-by to wish all who visit my blog a very Merry Christmas!|
First some of the craft projects...
|A fairly plain hat box that I wanted to make-over...|
I used a selection of antique French fabrics to re-cover the inside and outside of the box...
|A small fragment of hand stitched quilt was perfect for the top of the lid, which I finished with velvet ribbon.|
|Here it is in its place at home...|
Next to a bunch of lichen-covered twigs I was able to pick up on my local walk after the storms, placed inside an antique French vase...
|A few vintage glass baubles and frosty nest complete the arrangement.|
|I made some paper pockets from vintage sheet music, scraps of lace and hearts cut from velvet. I tucked old French postcards inside.|
|These are a work in progress, but using some rusty tin pots, I wanted to create cupcake pincushions.|
|I will be adding some ribbons around the paper cases and maybe a few other embellishments to finish them off...But I ran out of time on the last day at my shop...|
|Thanks to all who sent Christmas cards to me...|
Despite the torrential rain on Saturday, I had a successful final day at the shop before the Christmas break.
Once home, it was time to get down to making some things for family and friends...
|Mince pies made with my daughter...|
|A simple table centerpiece.|
|Using the recipe on this blog, I made cinnamon, honey butter for my friend Anne.|
I'd not tried it before, but it was so easy to make and tasted wonderful...a lovely wintry comfort food.
|It accompanied a few other little treats.|
|Then there was more wrapping, this time the gifts for my friend Debbie...|
Who some of you know! :)
|I also made a wreath for her front door, in the same way as I made the one for our home earlier this month...|
|Here it is in place on the porch door of her pretty cottage.|
I've been delivering the gifts this afternoon, so took the opportunity to take a few pictures inside Deb's cottage too...Thought you'd like to see her beautiful decorating scheme...Sorry they are a little dark...the storm was raging outside - I hope you are all safe and warm!
And here's the lovely present I've been given by Debbie...
Its almost too pretty to unwrap!
|She gave me a gorgeous bouquet of flowers too!|
So although I had decided my blog would become purely a place to share my business news and as a showcase for my handmade creations, I think at this special time of year, it's nice to give a little more...
I'd like to wish all who visit my blog, Facebook and Pinterest pages, and of course those who visit my shop and on-line catalogue
a Very Happy Christmas.
I hope you have a fabulous time...
And also I wish you a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Merry Christmas from our home to yours...